How To Keep Your Cool On Hot Nights
It’s that time of the year again when we should be soaking-up rays of sunshine but instead, we’re wringing-out raincoats. So, it’s even more important to be prepared for when the odd day of glorious weather does arrive.
As British weather tends to be on the cold side, our homes are not really designed for high-temperature spikes. With soft, fluffy carpets lining the floors and double-glazed windows throughout, it can feel like you’re trying to sleep in a furnace.
So how can you guarantee sleeping comfortably when the temperature heats up?
Say goodbye to your silky satin covers and hello to cooler cotton. As cotton is a pure, woven material, it will absorb the heat from your body throughout the night. This allows you to remain cool and dry, preventing your sleep being disrupted.
Avoid any extras
Your body temperature can be affected by a number of factors during the night, such as the pyjamas you wear or the company you keep.
As with your bedding, sticking to lightweight, cotton pyjamas is best. Try a cotton short and t-shirt set to keep you cool and remember, the less coverage, the more comfortable you will be.
Similarly, the less company you have, the cooler you’ll stay. When sleeping next to another person, your combined body heat will increase the temperature of the bed and leave you both feeling clammy. So when the air is particularly humid, it’s best to ditch your partner and enjoy the full bed to yourself (we’re sure your partner won’t mind kipping on the couch for a night).
Be smart with your supper
Eating late in the evening can cause a rise in body temperature by up to 2 degrees so aim to eat a light, cool meal (such as a salad) before 8pm. That way, your body has a couple of hours to break down the food before you go to sleep, which prevents your metabolism from working overtime.
H2O to the rescue
There are plenty of methods for cooling yourself down before you go to bed, but water is always the key ingredient.
At any time of day, if you’re not hydrated, your body temperature will rise. This is due to your body not having sufficient fluid to produce sweat and regulate your core temperature.
Have a glass of water just before bed and keep one on your bedside table to stay hydrated throughout the night. If you’re really struggling, take a tepid shower right before bed - this will cool you down and make it much easier to fall asleep.
In need of a quick fix?
If all else fails, place a large bowl of ice water in front of a fan. This will circulate cool air around your room, giving you some relief from the heat.
In a pinch, you can always lay a cold flannel across your forehead or hold ice cubes against your wrists - you’d be surprised how quickly this can bring down your body temperature.
So there you have it, the perfect guide to blissful sleep during extreme heat.
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